Campark X30 Review
Native 4K action cameras have been slowly becoming more and more affordable. It seems that the hardware behind it is getting cheaper. And the Campark X30 is the perfect example of that. It’s a new native 4K action camera that is available around the $100 price tag. Which a couple of years ago was unheard of. And it also comes with an electronic image stabilization system that works with 4K as well. Which is the most impressive part in my opinion. So let’s see how well it actually performs in the review below!
- Dimensions: 59×41×33 mm / 2.3×1.6×1.3″
- Chipset: Allwinner V50
- Sensor: Sony IMX386
- Field of View: 170°
- Video resolutions: 4K 60 fps; 2.7K 30 fps; 1080p 120 fps; 720p 240 fps
- Photo: 20 MP
- Modes: Single Shot, Burst, Time-Lapse, Loop, Slow motion
- Features: WiFi, 2″ touch screen, EIS (Works at up to 4K 30 fps)
- Ports: Micro USB, Micro HDMI, Micro SD card slot
- Memory: Micro SD with Class 10 and SDXC cards, up to 64 GB
- Battery: 1350 mAh Li-On
- Battery life: 60 minutes of 4K at 30 fps
In The Box
- Campark X30
- 2x 1350 mAh Li-On Battery
- Waterproof Housing up to 40 m / 131 ft
- Battery dock charger
- Bicycle mounting kit
- Helmet mounting kit
- Micro USB to USB cable
The Campark X30 is one of the most modern looking action cameras out there. Sure it has the typical rectangular shape with the standard dimensions of 59×41×33 mm / 2.3×1.6×1.3″. But the overall finish is much more modern. The body is fully made out of smooth black plastic. The only downside is that it doesn’t look exactly strong. Also not having any texture means that you have to be extra careful when holding it. That’s not a problem for me as I always have it mounted anyways, but it’s something to consider. Overall it looks very nice though.
In terms of the button layout, that’s also standard. You will find the lens and a single power/settings button on the front. It sits right underneath the Campark logos. At the top you will find 4 tiny holes for the built-in speaker and a record/capture button. The left side has tiny slots for the microphone and 2 up/down buttons for navigating through the menu. You won’t normally need to use these as the 2″ display on the back is also a touchscreen. So you can fully edit all of the settings from there. The physical buttons are mostly used when the action camera is in a waterproof case. And using it is a must if you are recording near water. Especially since there are open ports on the side of the X30. Those include Micro USB, Micro HDMI ports and a Micro SD card slot.
This action camera has also got a really good build quality. You can tell not only from the way the buttons click but also the battery compartment at the bottom. The compartment door has a spring that makes it pop open smoothly. And you can also close it with one hand as well so it’s great. What’s great is that there’s also a threaded tripod hole next to the compartment. You can use it to attach it to a tripod or a “selfie stick” without having to use the waterproof case. Really useful.
It’s the standard for action cameras to come with a lot of accessories nowadays. And the Campark X30 is no different. The package includes a various of different accessories and mounts that are extremely useful. Especially if you are a beginner.
You’ll receive all of the typical accessories, such as the waterproof case, different links and adhesive mounts. Plus adapters etc. But what I really like the most are the two 1350 mAh Li-On batteries. And what’s even better is that they have also added a battery charging dock as well. So you can still charge one of the batteries while you are using your camera with the other one. It’s actually really useful and I have reviewed action cameras before that don’t include it, despite having 2 batteries.
Video & Features
The Campark X30 is equipped with the Allwinner V50 chipset and Sony IMX386 sensor, which is actually pretty unusual. Now after reading the specs of the Allwinner V50, it’s true that the action camera is capable of recording at a native 4K resolution. However, it can only do that up to 30 fps. Which means that the 4K 60 fps mode that Campark has mentioned can’t be entirely correct. And it’s not.
First of all that mode has a resolution of 3200 x 1800 pixels, which is much smaller than the actual 4K (3840 x 2160). Secondly, the frames have been doubled. So the so called 4K 60 fps is actually created via post-processing. Which doesn’t necessarily make this action camera less valuable, just that it’s always good to know what it’s actually capable of. And for me, a native 4K 30 fps is more than enough. Especially since most people still record at 1080p anyways.
Here’s a video example of the 4K 30 fps mode with the electronic stabilizer turned on. The downside of using EIS is that it generally lowers the video quality. That being said, the X30 still does remarkably well. Everything is detailed and sharp with only some noticeable blur around the edges. You can even clearly see the little crabs in the water. Really good for an action camera in this price range. The EIS works as well but it’s not that great. It has obviously made it much smoother but you can still see the jiggles. Which I mean is pretty standard for cheaper action cameras. If you want something better then you’ll have to increase your budget unfortunately.
And all of these modes and settings can be changed directly from the touchscreen. Or, you can also pair the action camera with your phone. For that you have to connect to the camera with WiFi and install an app called “DV King 4K”. This app is available for iOS and Android systems. It basically turns your phone into a remote controller so that you can fully control the camera from a distance. The maximum WiFi range 10 meters / 33 feet.
If you are looking for a really good native 4K action camera for as cheap as possible, then the Campark X30 is worth taking a look at. It has a really nice build quality and comes with plenty of useful accessories. Such as two batteries and the charging base. Plus the video quality is really good as well and you have plenty of different modes and options to choose from. Recording at 4K 60 fps is probably not one of those but regardless, that’s not a reason to eliminate this camera either.